Remember last week I said that you'd be seeing many more photos featuring my white Alvar Aalto vase, as all my others were packed up in the shed? Well, in the interests of blog variety, I decided change was needed... so I bought a clear Alvar Aalto wave vase too! 

I was lucky to find a set of three (this is the large one in the photo below) at the local Auction house.... and I got the three for $90 (the large one sells for around $180 on its own in shops). It's given me enormous pleasure to look at my bargain vase every time I've walked in the front door, filled with cheery poppies. 



During the week Mr AV and I and a couple of our friends went to a special viewing and dinner of the Waterhouse Natural Science Art Award  at the Adelaide Museum. Dress code was Conservative (okay, not really, it was officially Lounge Suit, but the crowd was definitely Conservative). I went with my old black crepe Tory Burch dess and pearls. And a coat, as it was freezing.


I love the Waterhouse exhibition - Artists submit work for consideration that is based around the theme of Natural Science, so there is quite a variety in all mediums. The exhibition features the finalists - this one was the winner Judith Brown's Flight of Fancy. It's made up of leaf veins, bulbs and paper.



We all loved this painting by Kate Bergin called The Art of Patience it had the most incredible detail and really drew the crowd - it's huge. 



And this one below appealed to my Interior Design side, it was by Nicola Dickson called Gould's Australian Chinz II and definitely looked like something I'd choose for some curtains. After the viewing we walked down the road to one of the North Terrace Clubs for the big dinner where the guest speaker, the CEO of the Adelaide Zoo gave an entertaining talk about the Adelaide Zoo's Giant Panda breeding program (let's just say that the Panda's have the odds stacked against them from an anatomical point of view). 


And so I can report that despite the Australian explorers searching fruitlessly for the fabled Inland Sea 150 years ago, we've made the discovery ourselves. It's in our backgarden. Honestly, if I see another weather report with the prediction of rain I'll scream. We have had one or two days a week where it doesn't rain for the past 8 weeks, so progress on the house is s . l . o . w. Don't be fooled by the blue skies here - about 5 minutes later it was pelting down with rain again.

The Great Inland Sea. We won't need to put in a pool at this rate.

They've finished off the ceiling lantern though - it has windows, louvers and a roof! Hooray!



But I'm sick of my current footwear - William Morris pattern gumboots usually reserved for gardening, and pink lurex Wellie socks


 This was football this morning for the 7 year old. 5 year old E. and 3 year old S. are enthusiastic supporters and mud stompers.



Pretty soon we had to retreat to the grandstand when the rain set in. Mr AV stuck to the sidelines - he likes a bit of old school footy action. I don't, I prefer corporate box type action. Unfortunately they don't have any of those for the Under 8's, mores the pity.

Pure misery at 10am on a Sunday

Whoever is doing the rain dance can stop now! Please?

Hope you had a good week x

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  1. Love your new bargain vase! Can't believe you got three for $90!
    The award night sounds and looks very interesting. Im guessing that the Shoes of Shame didn't get an outing if it was Conservative dress and cold?
    Sorry to hear about your weather. Sydney has been putting on the most amazing faux Spring weather this week. Today I wore a sleeveless top and sunblock! It makes up for the vile, wet autumn and early winter we had. I hope you get some good weather soon.
    The ceiling lantern is looking very good indeed xx

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    1. I am so pleased with the vases - I can't believe someone would want to offload them at the Auctions!
      The Shoes of Shame are still awaiting their first big outing. I had on black opaques and black patent heels, it is unbelievably cold here, I just can't believe how Wintery it is, and how warm you're having it in Sydney!! We're well over the yearly average now for rain (after a very, very dry Summer and Autumn), and I am heartily sick of the weather. xx

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  2. Love your new vase and the posies- I always value objects more when I got them for a bargain! Also, that Flight of Fancy number is incredible. So clever. Glad to see the progress on your renovations- Ceiling lantern looks phenomenal. Hope the weather improves soon x

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    1. I do too! I just love a good bargain, and as I love the vase so much, it was like the Universe was trying to cheer me up by giving me 3 for $90.
      Feel free to send me some sunshine down - I am a bit over the rain. xx

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  3. rain rain go away! I know how you feel bc i had two dud days this week on the reno. these delays are the last thing anyone needs when there are already many other variables involved...But on the other hand you got a massive bargain that you could make money on that trade of the vases!! well done you. But the lantern is looking lovely indeed so you must just look at that everytime you feel anxious about the progress.
    But also rain football pitches are my idea of an earthly nightmare. I cant even do it in the corporate boxes...
    Love that flight of fancy capey thing - can see it on the runway for sure.xx

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    1. It doesn't sound like your reno has got off to a flying start then either? The lantern has cheered me up no end - it's looking really good. Hopefully the roof can now be finished off (if it stops raining/ being windy) and things will really move along.
      Football is not really my idea of fun. I instigated a Corporate Box Only policy around 8 years ago... but I do have to make exceptions and show the kid some support, so I try to look happy, don my gumboots and stand in the freezing cold at an unhappily early hour on a Sunday to show him I love him.
      The flight of fancy was absolutely beautiful in person - definite runway material! x

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  4. love the flowers and the dress and the pearls and the house is really coming along! xx

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    1. Your post with poppies made me smile - I love poppy season (cheap and cheering). House progress is a bit too slow, I want to move into it , so sick of being cooped up in the front of the house xx

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  5. I love the black dress - so Audrey! I cannot believe the water at the site!!! We have had rain almost every day and the bugs never leave so my garden is in a sorry state right now!

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    1. I'll take an Audrey comparison any day - thanks WMM! At least it's too cold to have bugs here (aside from slugs....), but I'm a bit over the mud. Roll on Summer! xx

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  6. you can send some rain up this way- it has been very dry! your renos are looking good!

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    1. I'd be very happy to send the rain over to you, it's been ridiculous here. Hope you get a bit soon xx

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  7. Ohhh I do love a bargain and a bargain story! Well done. I REALLY need to investigate these auction houses you talk of, but here in Sydney. I want some topiaries!! Every time I see your potted plants it reminds me. Plus I would love many other decorative things, like vases and china. The house is looking really good. Shame about the slow progression. Love the roof lantern. I NEED THAT ARTWORK! I love it so much. Love the tortoise, I adore meerkats, huge bird fanatic. Love the crumpled table cloth. It is like a still life posed with animals, plus a telephone.
    I stood in my backyard yesterday after watering my garden and I told the sun that it could push on over west now and bring some rain here, just for you. Hope it works!!!

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    1. My sister used to go to one in Glebe, back when she was a student. She used to resell things on Ebay and make money from it! I'm always pretty stunned at what you can pick up, although after my past Auction Finds post, I haven't found anything to buy until this past week (trying to restrain myself due to lack of space). That painting is so beautiful in real life - my photo is blurry and really does not do it justice.
      Thanks for telling the sun off, I hope it listens to you... we've got rain forecast ALL week!! xx

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  8. Eeeeew! That mud is awful. Those last two shots remind me of my childhood nightmares when I was forced to play hockey in the freezing mud of a Tasmanian winter. Maybe that's why I moved north, at least Queensland mud is warm. The roof looks fabulous. Is the Colorbond really blue, or does it just look blue in the photos?

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    1. Love your Hockey story - I can remember doing the same (but it was probably warmer in Adelaide). Needless to say the kids playing football yesterday were absolutely loving the mud - some were sliding into it. You should see the interior of my car now....
      The colorbond is a light grey, it's throwing off a bit of blue in the photo (I fiddled with them to brighten them, so that might be the reason). It's a colour that is similar to galvanised iron, the gutters are a dark blue though - there's a lot of blue tones in the original house stone.

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  9. Love the poppies ..they always remind me of tissue paper .

    Hope your visit to the football was uneventful ...my son coaches young kids at a private Sydney school ...this term it is rugby league. He came home last week really upset.. The parents of the opposing team were yelling "hit him" to "encourage" their sons. Also there was alot of fist pumping, name calling etc. These were 8 year olds. Needless to say there were tears from the losing side. Sorry for such a downer but ..

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    1. That sounds horrible smr! We've had some opposition sides that are very into it, but our team's coach is very much about giving everyone a turn, and playing fairly, sportsmanship etc. We're all enthusiastic supporters of the kids, but encouraging them to hit the opposition wouldn't be looked upon well... at all!! They've lost half their games, but they've come along well as a team, and really that's the important thing. Some parent's need a lesson in perspective!! xx

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  10. Sounds like the house is s l o w l y progressing.

    I did like your inland sea too - not to mention Mr AV's dedication to the football cause.

    Just catching up on your blog - sorry about your grandmother - you have had a year full of ups and downs.

    T

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    1. Thanks T - it has been a year with a lot of downs. Hopefully the tide will turn.
      Hope the snow was fun??? Mr AV is very dedicated to football. I am not. I have been to the AFL Grand final 2 or 3 x's, plus many other 'big' games, and it's totally wasted on me... I always feel sorry for the ardent supporters we pass on our way into the ground without tickets. xx

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  11. Dear Heidi
    Poppies gorgeous and so cheering. Real progress with house and Lovely Lantern. The rain and the mud and the delays will pass and will soon be forgotten once you're enjoying the house.
    Understand your feeling about football. We religiously used to attend son's matches from Under 5s up. The littlies had to play really early before the sun melted the frost off the Canberra fields and the wind drove through us sometimes with a minus 10 chill factor. In their first year the little boys lost every match for the first few weeks - they didn't quite seem to grasp the importance of scoring a goal or stopping the other side from getting over the line. Then one day one of our boys managed a goal - the first of the season. We all roared and cheered. The poor little goalie who'd let it in looked back at us in horror and burst into tears. We all felt such brutes! Because luckily our team parents were all nice Canberra public servants who were too sporting to behave badly or encourage it in our kids. Anyway once they got the idea of scoring goals they won every match from then on. Son later went on to play ACT school boys' soccer and later rugby and finally for the Raiders junior sides. But I never ever liked it. Watching a scrum collapse or a ruck and knowing your son's underneath it somewhere is very very scary. Luckily two of the parents who always turned up were doctors, though we were never really sure how much help they'd be as one was an obstetrician and the other an anaesthetist. Best wishes Pamela xx

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    1. You were good to go and watch the Ruby Pamela... I couldn't do it if there were possible head and neck injuries involved. My husband played Aussie rules for the first year that we were together, then decided to retire due to the injuries (which were mostly just dislocated fingers and broken noses).. head injuries are another matter altogether. Love your memories of the games though, how funny about the roar from the crowd making the little goalie cry!! xx

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    2. Yes, the injuries!!! Son finally gave up serious competition after a nasty shoulder injury requiring major surgery (not apparently the usual reconstruction) and a mammoth amount of rehab. Interesting that when he couldn't do any training and actually attended lectures and tutorials he got HDs - and was amazed. After just scraping along before. Anyway when he was assessed as fit enough to go back, the other teams always went for his reconstructed shoulder! A few matches of this and he decided it wasn't worth it. The thought of spending another 6 months in rehab! But even now he still plays touch for fun as he was always a natural and really keen on team sports. He tried taking his first daughter to girls' soccer but she's such a dainty little thing that she hated it. But she now happily plays netball and seems to have inherited some of Dad's sporting genes after all. Pamela xx

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    3. I don't blame him for retiring Pamela - in Aussie rules they're always doing their knees, but head injuries are another thing altogether (as are shoulder reconstructions!) V. funny about his marks improving at Uni when he was rehabilitating! x

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  12. That black is just stunning on you, classic with a twist literally. it's so funny Tory Burch is so highly regarded here but I have never visited her boutique. Her stuff is well cut and that is what I'm desperately needing esp in trousers. Love how you wear those big pearls with the dress, really cool, you have great clothes. I hear you on the soccer sidelines misery, at least your sweetpea looks so special in that pink. I am so not a soccer Mum surrounded in a sea of the most sports mad parents I've ever come across. My husband does the honours these days and when I make a honorary appearance they all say "Oh so nice to see you, we haven't seen you in ages." (Speaking of sidelines, Funny the sidelines thing, girls who used to watch rugby in NZ in my day were just called rugby chicks. Now because of Pippa Middleton and her sports watching skills they are "boundary babes")

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    1. I love a bit of Tory, but I can only buy it on the net - it's not sold locally. I usually buy it heavily discounted on The Outnet and it's pretty well priced- it's all very well cut, and definitely designed by a woman. Good fabrics etc.. she's not well known in Australia though which is interesting.
      I have a feeling I'm going to turn into you in the future. Although if I were to be called a Boundary Babe, it's possible that I'd go more often (and wouldn't that be mortifying for a young boy to have his mum be one!!!) xx

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  13. Guess you needed all three vases, to catch all that rainwater! Hope the sun comes out soon, mind your that roof looks almost complete, and spectacular I might add. Sorry to hear about your grandma too, I am just catching up on posts. Was thinking about you today when I discovered the electrician has chipped one of our 2 pak kitchen drawers, should have put laminate in there too. Bugger has scratched my fridge as well, I am fantasizing about a shopping trolley full of triplets ramming into his pristine new ute. mel x

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    1. The roof will take about a day to complete... it's so frustrating that they can't finish it off!!
      I can fully believe that the sparky scratched the kitchen - it always seems to be the way. Make him pay for a new drawer, that's totally unacceptable!! You haven't even moved in yet and had your kids start the destruction process - totally not fair! xx

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  14. Ok I think you are going to have to stop going to these auctions because you are making me wildly jealous of your acquisitions. I have just the ONE treasured Alto vase and love it to bits...looks good with anything in it, what a star performer.

    Best send some of that rain our way...tis freezing but certainly not the usual amount of rain this winter...all over the place.

    The museum thingy sounds like a top night...x

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    1. D'you know though, I just keep thinking about all the things I've missed this year!! Early in the year there were loads of old cane laundry baskets - all shapes and sizes, beautifully weathered... I didn't bid on them (now kicking myself), one week a couple of beautiful wooden dough bowls that would have looked perfect as fruit bowls in the new kitchen... a series of Georgian silhouettes that would have looked perfect in my grey bedroom... a collection of Victorian horn cups with sterling rims... and of course those vintage ostrich and alligator 1950's handbags that I forgot to bid on!
      Am sending rain your way... it's forecast to rain every day for the next week. Sigh! xx

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  15. Heidi.. I can't believe all that rain!!!... is winter your rainfall time? How annoying for you ...I really love your roof lantern... it looks fabulous and you must be thrilled with it. I am so looking forward to seeing the inside of this roof element. I remember too well the soggy field umbrella days....xx

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    1. No - we're cursed!! It's the wettest Winter in decades. And we had the dryest Summer on record for ages too... so we're just very unlucky! The bits they have managed to do are looking good. I'm a little under the pump making decisions on things, and ordering stuff (so specific) as once the rain passes (soon, I'd hope!) things will rocket along xx

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